Britain, EU at odds over timing of divorce talks LONDON (AP) - The European Union wants a quickie divorce, but Britain wants time to think things over. Senior EU politicians demanded Saturday that the U.K. quickly cut its ties with the 28-nation bloc - a process Britain says won't begin for several months - as the political and economic shockwaves from the U.K.'s vote to leave reverberated around the world. "There is a certain urgency ... so that we don't have a period of uncertainty, with financial consequences, political consequences," French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said at a meeting in Berlin of the EU's six founding nations. EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker warned that the split was "not an amicable divorce" but noted it was never "a tight love affair anyway." Britons voted 52 to 48 percent Thursday in favor of ending their country's 43-year membership in the 28-nation bloc.
Britain's Europeans gripped by fear, confusion, heartache LONDON (AP) - A tsunami of uncertainty has engulfed Anna Woydyla, a Polish restaurant worker in London, since Britain voted to leave the European Union. Would her two teenage children, who grew up in the United Kingdom, still qualify for loans to study at British universities? Would she and her husband, after 11 years of working here, have to sell the home they just bought? Leave their jobs? Leave their new country? Try to apply for citizenship? The 41-year-old is among hundreds of thousands of European Union workers in Britain who are fearful and confused over what happens next as their adoptive country begins the long process of unwinding its many ties to continental Europe.
British brace for economic repercussions of EU exit decision LONDON (AP) - The British were warned for weeks that a vote to leave the European Union would result in economic pain. Now they'll find out whether it will. U.K. financial leaders are scrambling to reassure households, businesses and investors that they can contain the doom and gloom they had predicted in case of a British exit, or Brexit. The pound plunged to its lowest level in over 30 years on Friday, raising concerns about price inflation, and shares in the U.K.'s biggest banks and real estate builders posted double-digit declines as economists predicted the country would fall into recession.
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Brexit vote hardly a harbinger of US presidential election DENVER (AP) - Widespread economic angst. Intense opposition to immigration policy. The rise of populist and nationalist sentiments, particularly among less-educated and older white voters. The politics behind the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union sound awfully familiar to the politics that have propelled Donald Trump to the Republican presidential nomination. But before saying the victory by the "leave" side is a harbinger of a Trump victory on Election Day in the United States, it's wise to consider the many differences between the two allied nations with historic ties like few others. The greatest difference: The United States is a significantly more racially diverse nation.
At least 14 killed in Somalia hotel attack; police say ended MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Gunmen stormed a hotel in Somalia's seaside capital Saturday, taking guests hostage and "shooting at everyone they could see," before security forces pursued the grenade-throwing assailants to the top floor and ended the hours-long assault, police and witnesses said. At least 14 people were killed. Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the latest in a series of hotel attacks in Mogadishu, one that began with a powerful explosion at the entry gate. "We have finally ended the siege. The last remaining militants were killed on the top floor," police Capt. Mohamed Hussein said after security forces cornered the gunmen, who had set up sniper posts on the roof of the Nasa-Hablod hotel.
23 dead in West Virginia floods; search and rescue continues CLENDENIN, W.Va. (AP) - Surrounded by muddy devastation, Cathy Light and her husband Chris thought it was "heaven sent" they had free burgers to munch on in a Clendenin parking lot Saturday. To their left, the roof of a Dairy Queen slumped to the ground. Behind it, a trailer home was ripped from its foundation, with four concrete stairs all that remained in the ground. Occasional whiffs of rotten food wafted from a nearby grocery store that, not long ago, was filled with five feet of muck water. Before they jumped in a rescue boat in Clendenin on Saturday, the Lights could only save their dog Odie and a TV that sat atop a bedroom dresser - the highest-up they stored anything in their house, really.
Pope to Armenians: Never forget the genocide, but reconcile YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) - The world should never forget or minimize the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians, Pope Francis declared Saturday even as he urged Armenians to infuse their collective memory with love so they can find peace and reconcile with Turkey. Turkey, though, didn't budge. In its first reaction to Francis' recognition of the 1915 "genocide," Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli called the comments "greatly unfortunate" and said they bore the hallmarks of the "mentality of the Crusades." Francis began his second day in Armenia by paying his respects at the country's imposing genocide memorial and greeting descendants of survivors of the 1915 massacres, who have been emboldened by his comments upon arrival that the slaughter of Armenians a century ago was a planned "genocide" meant to annihilate an entire people.
Business promotion and politics par for Trump's golf tour ABERDEENSHIRE, Scotland (AP) - Donald Trump moved from hole to hole on his wind-swept Scotland golf course Saturday, not a club in hand but promotion on his mind, extolling North Sea views that are among "the great sights of the world." He squeezed in commentary about the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union and Hillary Clinton's tax policies. And when the abbreviated tour of Trump International Golf Links ended at the clubhouse, Trump ditched the pack of reporters trampling on his fairways, hopped into the driver's seat of a golf cart and gave media mogul Rupert Murdoch and wife Jerry Hall a ride around the property.
The Latest: Police: Gunfire exchanged outside dance studio Police say an unknown number of people exchanged fire in a shooting at a dance studio that left two people dead and at least five people injured. The injured were taken to nearby hospitals and their condition was not immediately known. Police said in a statement Saturday afternoon that the shooters had fled the scene by the time officers arrived shortly after midnight. One person was shot as he was exiting the studio. The shooting continued among people outside of the studio and across the street. Police are investigating whether gangs were involved.
Officials: 150 homes burned in deadly California wildfire LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) - A voracious and deadly wildfire in central California has burned 150 homes and the toll may rise, fire officials said Saturday. The tally rose from 80 homes as firefighters began going through neighborhoods to count houses and mobile homes incinerated by the blaze. Entire blocks were reduced to rubble, and at least 2,500 homes remained threatened. Weather conditions that drove the fire through small southern Sierra Nevada communities with terrifying speed remained a worry, with low humidity and 30-mph steady winds forecast, "That's something we have to keep an eye on. It could spark another disaster," Kern County fire Engineer Anthony Romero said.